Written by an area Landscape Architect and birdwatcher with over 30 years of experience with landscaping in north Texas: what works and what doesn't. Emphasis on attracting birds to north Texas yards, and reducing required yard maintenance. Tips, trivia and proven advice for a natural, low-cost approach for this unique and sensitive part of the country.
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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Don't blame woodpeckers if your tree's in bad shape.
woodpecker hole in diseased tree
Red Bellied Woodpecker
get real! Woodpeckers may put a few tiny holes in your trees, but they
certainly don’t kill them. The woodpeckers in north Texas (including flickers
and sapsuckers) are actually looking for bugs and for the sweet sap flowing in
a tree’s cambium layer. Bugs are more apt to be in dead or unhealthy trees, and
sap in an unhealthy tree is sweeter and thicker than in a healthy tree. So
woodpeckers prize unhealthy, diseased trees. Hence, please don’t blame the woodpeckers
(who come on the scene after the fact) if your tree isn’t doing well.
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
Owen Yost, in addition to blogging, is a Landscape Architect emeritus
from here, who‘s worked in north Texas for over 30 years.He is a member of the American Society of
Landscape Architects (ASLA), International Society of Landscape Architects, the
National BirdFeeding Society, National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon
Society. He was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award by the Native Plant
Society of Texas. His design office is at northwestern68@yahoo;.com